With spring AAU ending at the end of May, June was a month for players to play with their local high school programs, and also participate in college elite camps. It is a good chance for players to get exposure in front of coaches and possibly scouts in attendance.
Below are a handful of 2019s who I evaluated during the month of June who had a strong month of June and boosted their stock.
Daniel Friday- 6’4 CG U of D Jesuit
Friday was consistently good throughout the month of June. With 6’9 teammate Jalen Thomas out, UD Jesuit sorely lacked size and another star caliber talent. Friday shouldered the slack with relative ease and made the Cubs competitive in every single game they played. Friday showed he could bully his way to the rim whenever he wanted, and once he got there he could choose to finish or kick to open teammates. He rarely turned the ball over despite having a heavy usage this month, and it did not appear to be a burden to him. Defensively, his strength and IQ made him a lockdown defender. With Thomas gone, Friday would frequently be stuck defending players several inches taller. It did not seem to be a issue for him as opponents shot a extremely low percentage around the rim when he was guarding them. He contested shots well and was physical enough to knock defenders off balance without fouling. His jump shot still needs a lot of work, but he hit more threes this month than I have seen from him in the 2 years prior combined. His confidence seems to have grown from out there and that is without question the next step to improve his game. Friday has the grades and test scores to be recruited by anyone in the country, and his talent is beginning to warrant him possibly getting looks from high majors if he has a big July.
Justin Brown- 6’6 SF Benton Harbor
In high school, Brown was a rotation guy for the Class B state champions because of their quality depth and size. This year he will have a huge role increase. At Grand Valley State team camp, he was the number one option since 2020 standout Carlos Johnson was at the Nike Elite 100 in Missouri. He stepped up to the table and did a pretty solid job there. He continued to show off his elite athleticism with several powerful, explosive dunks that had people buzzing in the stands.
Brown also showed off some good overall mobility inside and on the perimeter defensively for his size. He continued to display these traits at Oakland. This time alongside Johnson. Playing more off ball than at GVSU, he showed serious ability to knockdown three pointers as well. Brown’s size, athleticism and potential as a shooter makes him an intriguing 3 and D prospect who could also do damage in transition and be a versatile wing defender who is also an effective help side rim protector. He now needs to make some improvements to his ball handling and his motor. He should be a prospect that the GLIAC takes interest in, and should be one of the big breakout players in Class B this season.
Brendan Downs- 6’6 SF Detroit Catholic Central
Not many in Michigan had a better end to the month than Downs. He played great at Oakland and earned a Preferred Walk on from Oakland, and then got a GLIAC offer from Saginaw Valley State the next day at Oakland’s team camp. Because he is one of the better athletes in the 2019 Michigan class, Downs has some versatility. In transition or attacking the rim he can be a threat at the hoop, while on defense his help-side shot blocking can surprise teams. His 3 point shot was also falling at Oakland, and when that does, it makes him a completely different caliber of prospect. He falls in love with the 3 a little too often, but when it falls like it did at Oakland, he is a guy you can live with taking a high volume of threes. With some continued perimeter skill development, playing in the GLIAC is certainly a good level for him.
Chris DeRoucher- 6’5 F Alpena
He led the Big North in scoring last season, but yet he is still one of the most unknown 2019s in the state. At CMU team camp, I came away impressed watching DeRoucher. He showed plenty of inside-out game that could be very effective at the correct college level. Broad shoulders and toughness to go with the frame allowed him to absorb contact with ease and finish at a very high percentage around the rim. He also showed off a good looking 3 point shot and hit back to back threes in a game I watched off his own dribble. Defensively he showed some ability to switch in pick and rolls, and he did a great job at getting a body on his matchup and getting rebounds. He did not play AAU, but if WHAC programs are looking for a talented under the radar prospect, DeRoucher would be one of the top players to fit that billing.
Xander Okerlund- 6’4 SG Glen Lake
Okerlund was one of the top prospects at CMU team camp and produced like it. Versus Detroit Catholic Central, Okerlund was getting it done offensively in a plethora of ways. In transition, using pick and rolls, catch and shoots and more. His strength above all is his jump shot and he knows how to get it off with his own shot or using teammates screens. Okerlund will be one of the top scorers in the state this season, and the fact that he still seems to be growing makes him an even more intriguing prospect. Patriot/Ivy League D1s should take interest in the smooth scoring guard while D2s in the region should be all over him. With the way he was playing at CMU team camp I almost expected the host team to offer.
Evan Thomas- 6’3 SG Okemos
Thomas had a great day at CMU team camp when I was there. Versus Jenison, he put on a show. Getting to the rim at will and using both hands to finish around defenders trying to block him or take charges. He continued to show off his shooting ability and had the play of the day when he got a and one dunk in transition. At 6’3ish, he has good size for a 2-guard. He certainly could hit the weight room and add muscle without hindering his ability as well. Thomas is a kid that could make a MIAA program extremely happy.
Davis Lukomski- 6’7 F Detroit Catholic Central
His shooting ability has never been in question, and although he struggled at both CMU camp and Oakland camp to knock down 3s at a efficient rate, he still looked comfortable out there. The shots will fall again and once they do you got one of the better shooters in the state standing 6’5 or taller. What seems to be under appreciated about Lukomski’s game is his ability to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. There were few players I watched in June that drew as many shooting fouls as him. He did a great job at attacking opponents bodies, and when he got to two feet he was usually able to muscle through the contact with ease. Combining that with his overall knack to put the ball in the hoop and you have a potential microwave type scorer at the next level. Defensively he rebounds well and understands help-side rotations, and he anticipates pretty well. His biggest issue though is his lateral speed in the half court. At times even when he does correctly anticipate where a play is going, his foot speed will still cause his man to get by him or he has to foul. Lukomski has the ability to play at a Low D1, but he needs to find the right fit for a place that can help cover his lack of great foot speed in the half court.
Sean Cobb- 6’7 PF Williamston
Cobb was one of the most productive players I viewed at MSU team camp. A 4 year varsity player, there were few, if any players at the entire camp with more varsity experience. Cobb put that to use, as he dominated games inside and out. He has a very strong, broad base and he frequently used baby hooks inside to get shots off over taller players. His wide shoulders created enough space to get shots off with ease. His footwork and poise around the hoop also allowed him to simply outsmart opponents. His jump shot is respectable from deep as well and he hit enough mid range or 3s to keep defenders honest. The mid-high post was where he was best though. His jump shot, combined with his footwork and strength listed above allowed him to torment slower players, and bully weaker players. Williamston is once again a top 5 team in the State in Class B, and they might even be the favorite this season along with defending champs Benton Harbor. Williamston’s success might come down to how dominant Cobb can be for them. Low Major D1s would be smart to check him out this July with EYBL Indy Heat.
Cade Coleman- 6’6 SG/SF Davison
The smooth shooting wing was ok at MSU team camp, but he was great at Oakland’s camp to end the month. Versus Grand Rapids Catholic Central, he was getting it done from deep and inside, and when he is doing that, he is a very tough cover. Coleman has a great frame that college coaches could love, and his jump shot is smooth. He frequently settles for jump shots when he could bully smaller players, but at the college level his shot selections would be much more acceptable since opposing wings will likely be his size. Coleman moves well overall and is a decent playmaker in transition. If he can consistently produce like he did versus Grand Rapids CC, he could be a very successful player at the D2 level.
Khalil Whitehead- 6’5 SF Cass Tech
Whitehead was dominant at SVSU team camp, and after seeing him perform like he did, I think he is a player that schools in the Horizon League should look at this season. Like most from Cass Tech, Whitehead knows how to play in a system and is well coached. He is a good shooter when set from deep, and can even be used in pick and pops as the pop man. More than just a shooter though, he knows how to attack mismatches inside and has good footwork under the rim to score. He cuts with meaning and used screens properly to get himself open looks on the perimeter and inside. Defensively, he has the IQ and fundamentals to check on the perimeter, and the strength to defend smaller bigs inside. He can switch from post to perimeter with relative ease, and at a lower D1 level he should be a pretty effective player on both ends of the floor.